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OVER T’JOE HUFFMAN’S place, where his QOTD is from Thos. Jefferson, Esq.:

On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?

Then me:

The truth Jefferson observes is the main reason I have trouble with the notion that “the world is run by the people who show up.” That “rule” (if you will) makes two assumptions I find odious, albeit not unwarranted.

First, it assumes that there are no rules that those who show up must run the world by. In our Republic, such is not the case, though that is honored more in the breach here of late.

Second, as Jefferson says, it takes silence for assent. In my notsoveryhumble opinion, the opposite ought to hold sway — that silence must be taken for dissent. As my old man used to say, “No answer is a ‘NO’ answer.”

Another commenter asserts that the Whiskey Rebellion was rightly put down. I must demur. Yes, it was the beginning of our loss of individual sovereignty. It was the first step back from the great American Experiment in individual liberty and back onto the comfortable ground of statism. But it arose from a protest of an unjust tax. And I don’t buy the pleas of necessity. Liberty is always asked to give way in the face of “necessity.” I say it is no necessity, but convenience, and to hell with it.

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